A Sanctuary in Los Angeles

Mar 01, 2009 by Lisa Newton

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is located on Sunset Boulevard. It’s not only a one-of-a-kind spiritual complex, it’s one of the most calming sanctuaries I’ve ever been to—and I’ve traveled the world.

This beautiful and soothing refuge in Los Angeles is situated on ten acres very close to both the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Coast Highway.

Awash in abundant gardens, its natural spring-fed lake is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including swans, ducks, koi, and lotus flowers.

The sanctuary’s grounds include a Court of Religions honoring the five principal religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism–of the world; the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial, where a portion of Gandhi’s ashes is enshrined; and a Windmill Chapel for services and meditation.

Words hardly do justice to the personal solitude, peace, and waves of restfulness that engulfed me as soon as I walked through the gates of this sanctuary.

Without any captions, here is a tribute to this special sanctuary:

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7 Responses to “A Sanctuary in Los Angeles”

  1. Diane C. says:

    Indeed, it looks like a peaceful place. And it is probably joyful work for whoever takes care of those gardens.

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  2. LisaNewton says:

    @Diane C. Yes, I agree. It’s work with a purpose…………….:)


  3. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Oh wow! When I think of LA I don’t think of places like this! I love the windmill!


  4. LisaNewton says:

    @Lisa Yes, this place was extremely unusual. I loved it.


  5. Henie says:


    Indeed…no words! Thanks for sharing the serenity!

    Henie’s last blog post..Backyard Splendor


  6. Lance says:

    Hi Lisa,

    These pictures are so calming and peaceful. and I’m with Lisa Chaos on this one – the windmill photo is mesmerizing. What a peaceful way to start my Monday morning.

    Lance’s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day


  7. LisaNewton says:

    @Henie You’re very welcome.

    @Lance The pictures can only due a little justice to the calming nature of this sancuary. I was totally taken aback my the very quietness of the lake.


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